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Seminarian Stories

Celebrating Mothers and Sons

In honor of Mother's Day this year, we spoke with a few of the incredible Mothers of the seminarians at the Pontifical College Josephinum. Susan Yakkel, Joan Brandimarti, and Rosalee Beal speak about their sons, Chris Yakkel, PJ Brandimarti, and Brian Beal. Susan on...

Getting to Know Deacon Chris Yakkel

Chris Yakkel says that there have been signs throughout his life that the priesthood might be his future. As a young altar server watching the priest during Easter mass, he remembers thinking, “I could do that.” Then when Chris went to World Youth Day in Sydney,...

Getting to Know Deacon Kyle Tennant

Kyle Tennant is a native of Franklin Furnace, Ohio, near Portsmouth, and a member of St. Monica Church in New Boston. “I grew up involved in the church and was an altar boy starting at age 7 or 8. My family would have the local priests over for dinner and I always...

Getting to Know Deacon Brian Beal

Brian Beal grew up in Hermitage, PA and says he has admired priests since childhood. He attended Ohio Dominican, and has undergraduate and master’s degrees in theology. Brian ran two non-profits in Pennsylvania; Pro-life of Mercer County and Missionaries of Purity. “I...

Getting to Know Deacon PJ Brandimarti

PJ Brandimarti grew up in an Italian, Catholic family in Pittsburgh as a self proclaimed, “Nona’s boy.” He enjoyed being a boy scout and then made eagle scout before attending Duquesne University at 18 and applying to the seminary for the first time. “I have thought...